Mika in Real Life: A Good Morning America Book Club Pick

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$27.99  $26.03
William Morrow & Company
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6.2 X 8.9 X 1.5 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author
When Emiko Jean isn't writing, she is reading. Before she became a writer, she was an entomologist, a candlemaker, a florist, and most recently, a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She is also the author of Empress of all Seasons and We'll Never Be Apart.

"A poignant coming-of-age story that deals with race, adoption, and bodily autonomy." -- Marie Claire, A ReadWithMC pick (September 2022)

"Tender and profound, Emiko Jean's writing had me laughing, crying, and cheering for Mika in Real Life." -- Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author By Any Other Name

"Bighearted, sometimes bawdy, and always brave, Mika in Real Life explores the inescapable bonds between mothers and daughters, the enduring families by friendship that we make, and the weight of secrets that keep us from creating ourselves. This hilarious, tender, and very real novel is for every human trying to figure it out--basically, all of us." -- Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times bestselling author

"With warmth, humor, and heart, Mika in Real Life explores the challenges and complexities of mother-daughter relationships in their many different forms." -- Nikki Erlick, New York Times bestselling author of The Measure

"Touching and heartfelt, Jean captures the essence of mothers and daughters, the nuances that make a family, and where we've come from and where we're going. Sharp and brimming with heart, this tender read will have you alternating between laughter and tears (the very best kind) and missing the characters long after the last page. Mika In Real Life is a sheer delight to read. " -- Rochelle Weinstein, bestselling author of This Is Not How It Ends

"Mika's story is a beautiful exploration of the bond between mother and child... As Mika rescues herself from a downward spiral of heartbreak and loss, she weaves for us a primer on healing our broken relationships. A must read for anyone who's ever had a mother or been one." -- Annabel Monaghan, author of Nora Goes Off Script

"Mika In Real Life is a poignant and compelling exploration of identity, love, and what it means to be a mother. Mika and Penny swept me along on their emotional and unforgettable journey... By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a total joy of a read." -- Holly Miller, author of The Sight of You

"A wonderful, life-affirming story about second chances, parenthood and love. By turns tender, funny, and deeply romantic, I was rooting for Mika, Penny and Thomas." -- Lauren Ho, author of Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic and Last Tang Standing

"A beautiful tale of love, trust and forgiveness." -- Good Housekeeping

"Definitely 'best books of 2022' material." -- Glamour

"Mika in Real Life has heart, and it touched mine."
-- Associated Press

"Mika in Real Life is the kind of book that will surely get you back into reading." -- Shondaland

"Jean gives us authentic characters, a lot of laughs, and a chance to see our own relationships--with our mothers, our children, and ourselves--in a new and refreshing light." -- Amazon Book Review

"Jean gently balances the comedy of Mika juggling her fabrications with the complicated nature of adoption, ultimately offering readers a book that's sure to make them laugh, cry, and hug when it's over. Mika in Real Life is a moving blend of humor and heart." -- Bust Magazine

"Jean (Tokyo Ever After, 2021) sets her novel within the Asian American community of Portland, Oregon. Her characters are modern and honest, and the romance is realistic. Smart, funny, and affecting." -- Booklist (starred review)

"The story captures disappointments, forgiveness and unconditional connection, all complicated by differences in culture and race. Jean's persuasive characters excel in vivacious banter and vulnerable reveals, populating a rewarding narrative about crucial learning and absolute loving." -- Shelf Awareness

"...a heartfelt story about the bonds between mothers and daughters." -- BookBub

"This is a perfect summer read that will leave you wishing you could stay in Mika's world forever." -- Soapberry

"Mika didn't just bust the model minority myth, she ran it over with a Mack truck." -- The Daily Waffle